Thursday, February 14, 2008

Danish Cartoon Outrage 2.0

Here's the latest on the international outrage to the decision in Denmark to reprint the Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Anger and car torching in Denmark.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Bands of youths set fire to cars and trash bins overnight in a fourth consecutive night of vandalism mostly in immigrant neighborhoods of the Danish capital, police said.

Seventeen people were arrested, Copenhagen Police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said, adding police were not sure what sparked the violence.

Some observers said immigrant youths were protesting against perceived police harassment and suggested the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers Wednesday, may have aggravated the situation.

"They feel provocations and discrimination by the police that stop then now and then to check them," Copenhagen social worker Khalid Al-Subeihi said. "It doesn't make it easier when the cartoons come back again."

The youths set dozens of fires in several districts of Copenhagen, torching cars and trash bins and in some cases hurling rocks at police.

And flag burning in Pakistan.

KARACHI (Thomson Financial) - Protesters burned a Danish flag in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi today in a show of anger over the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, witnesses said.

Around 50 members of a hardline Islamic student group took to the streets after several Danish newspapers published the drawing that caused bloody riots in the Muslim world two years ago.

Seventeen Danish dailies printed the drawing on Wednesday, vowing to defend freedom of expression a day after police in Denmark foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist.

"We will not shy from sacrificing our lives to protect the sanctity of our Prophet," a participant in the rally in the port city, who did not give his name, told AFP.

No deaths to report . . . yet.

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